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El Platanal - Day 2 (part 2)

El Platanal - Day 2 (part 2)

Hola from Nicaragua! I find it hard to express in words how blessed I feel to be here. The country is beautiful, the food is delicious, and our team has bonded. But for me, it is the people, especially the children that make this experience so amazing.

Let me tell you about our second day in El Platanal. El Platanal is a small village with dirt roads and small houses. When we drive in children and people come from their houses to greet us at the church. They are as happy to see us, as we are to see them.

My first blessing that day was to witness the baptism of four new believers. We walked through town to the river. It is hot and dusty because it is the dry season. The river is very shallow so we went to a place deep enough to baptize. Jeff and Domingo waded into the water with the believers. It was a beautiful picture of following Jesus into the waters of baptism. There were many adults and children there to witness this act of obedience.

In the afternoon, when the children were out of school, Cheryl and I shared a Bible story, a craft and songs. I told the story of Zacchaeus, with Alex translating. We taught them the song about Zacchaeus and also “Jesus Loves Me”. The children, and some adults, listened attentively and enjoyed the craft. We are blessed to see their hunger for the word of God.

My greatest blessing was during the worship service that evening. During the two days we were in El Platanal I had become attached to a young girl named Julie. Or should I say she became attached to me. Some how God drew the two of us together. On the first day she helped me get the paint off my arms that I had managed to splatter all over me. We sat side-by-side during the worship service, listening to each other sing the songs – some in Spanish and some in English. Jeff preached a powerful message from Luke 7:36-50 about the sinful woman that anointed Jesus’ feet with oil. During the invitation Julie responded. Gloria a Dios (Glory to God). Julie is in the picture with me.

We know God is working in El Platanal. Please continue to pray for Pastor Juan and the church there.

Peg Grimsley

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